Israeli officers attack Palestinian family in Sheikh Jarrah
Published Tuesday 13/05/2014 (updated) 14/05/2014 18:37
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli officers assaulted a Palestinian family in East Jerusalem on Monday, a Ma'an reporter said.
The incident in Sheikh Jarrah was captured on film after a reporter happened to witness the event while driving through the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.
"I saw Israeli police officers attacking members of the al-Ramadi family in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied Jerusalem. Police officers were attacking women with their fists and clubs and the internationally-banned pepper spray. Two women were evacuated to hospital," the reporter said.
The woman in the video, Umm Firas al-Ramadi, told Ma'an that she was attacked after trying to help her son, who was being harassed by police officers.
"I hurried to help my son, and they kicked me in the leg. I started to push them away, then they sprayed gas in my face, and I fell to the ground and couldn't stand up."
"There was too much humiliation. They attacked my wife with clubs and they kicked her until she fell to the ground," Abu Firas al-Ramadi said.
A spokesperson for the Israeli police, Luba al-Samri, is quoted in the report as saying that a young Palestinian man hurled stones in the area at an Israeli vehicle. She didn't comment on the attack on the al-Ramadi family.